It's down to 16 in 10th Qatar Bowling Open


    2010 European Bowling Tour #18

    Finnish bowlers dominate Final Round One and Two

    2010EBT15KristaPollanen2.jpg2009EBT05JouniHelminen.jpgThe field is down to 16 players in the 120.000 Euro Qatar Bowling Open which will end on Sunday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Finnish bowlers dominated the first two rounds of the finals while the top six qualifiers, who earned two byes, had to sit and wait for the ten players who survived Saturday's competition.

    Reigning World Games champion Krista Pöllänen (pictured left), Finland, finished Round One in fifth place with 1337 and led Round Two with 1345, both six-game series including 48 pins handicap, Her compatriot Jouni Helminen (right), a former European champion, PBA Touring pro and Finnish Federation president, was second in both rounds with 1383 and 1343, respectively.

    201011PBAOskuPalermaa.jpg2010EBT13PeterLjung.jpgJoining Pöllänen and Helminen in Round Three was Finland's two-handed star Osku Palermaa (left), who bypassed the first round by virtue of finishing qualifying in the 7th-12th position and posted 1305 series to end up in fourth place in Round Two.

    Half of the ten players, whop survived the third cut, were Swedes. Jenny Johansson and Joline Persson-Planefors were third and sixth with 1334 and 1292, both including 48 pins women's handicap. Mattias Wetterberg (1281), Karl Wahlgren (1275) and Peter Ljung (right, 1272) landed in eighth through tenth place to take the last three spots for the Round of 16.

    201011PBAMikeFagan.jpg2010SINOpenRemyOng.jpgJoining the top six qualifiers and the three Finns and five Swedes in Sunday's Round Three were two-time PBA champion Mike Fagan (left), United States, and defending Qatar Open champion Remy Ong (right), Singapore, who knocked down 1298 and 1288 pins to claim fifth and seventh place, respectively.

    Fagan's fellow PBA champions Chris Barnes, Patrick Healey, both United States, and Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, were eliminated. Barnes went out in Round One (24th, 1233) while Koivuniemi and Healey missed the second cut by 17 and 22 pins to finish the tournament in 18th and 19th place.

    2010EBT16PerttuJussila.jpgAlso eliminated the winner of the previous European Bowling Tour stop in Rome, Perttu Jussila (right), Finland, who led Round One with a huge 1439 series (238.33 average) but managed 1131 only in Round Two to settle for 22nd place and 28th overall.

    2010EBTLogo_small.jpg The 10th Qatar Bowling Open is the 18th and last stop of the 2010 European Bowling Tour and one of only two "Platinum" events of the 2010 EBT season. The tournament will be held from Saturday Dec. 11 through Sunday Dec. 19, 2010 at 32-lane Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar and offers total prize fund of 120.000 Euro with 30.000 Euro going to the winner.

    Since the Ankara Open and the Austria Challenge have been cancelled and the English Open has lost its EBT status, the 2010 EBT Tour consists of 18 events - 2 EBT Platinum tournament (formerly Premier), 6 EBT Gold tournaments (formerly Major), 6 EBT Silver tournaments (formerly Challenger) and 4 EBT Satellite tournaments (new category).

    Qualifying ended on Friday, Dec. 17 after 17 squads (Squad 15 has been cancelled) and the single-game "Desperado Squad". A total of 48 players - the top 38 qualifiers and the top 2 each from Dec. 11-13 squads plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - advanced to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19, 2010.

    The top 6 qualifiers bypassed the first two rounds, while places 7-12 received one bye. The other 36 players bowled six games from scratch with the top 18 advancing to the second round. Those 18 plus qualifiers 7-12 bowled another six-game block from scratch.

    The top 10 will join the top six qualifiers - Sayed Al-Hashemi, UAE; Stuart Williams, England; Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark; Dominic Barrett, England; Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark; and Naif Oqab, UAE - in Round 3 on Sunday.

    Those 16 will bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 8, who will bowl another six games with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 after 12 games will advance to the championship round (two-game matches decided by total pinfall).

    No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 meets No. 3. The winners will advance to the championship match to bowl for the title and the 30.000 Euro top prize (approx. 43,865 U.S. Dollar). The runner-up will be consoled with 15.000 Euro.

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    2010 Qatar Open - Round Two Results

    Players ranked 7th through 12th and the top 18 of Round One bowled six games scratch. The top 10 advanced to the third round.


    2010 Qatar Open - Round One Results

    Players ranked 13th through 48th after qualifying bowled six games scratch. The top 18 advanced to the second round.